Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 25.08.2023


1. India-China LAC

Why in news – India and China agreed to intensify efforts for expeditious disengagement and de-escalation.

Key Points –

• Since 2020, Corps Commanders of India and China have been discussing resolution of the flashpoints along the LAC.

• Friction points - Depsang Plains (Y-junction) and Demchok (Charding Ninglung Nullah, Saddle Pass).

• The Depsang Plains are located close to the strategically important Daulat Beg Oldie.

• Earlier, both sides deciding to pull back from the Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and Patrolling Points in the Gogra and Hot Springs area.


1. Fukushima Nuclear Water

Why in news – Japan is releasing the Fukushima nuclear power plant’s cooling water into the ocean.

Key Points –

• The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant was destroyed during a tsunami in 2011.

• Both Japan’s atomic agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have approved the plan.

• Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) can filter 62 different radioactive elements but can’t filter out the radioactive isotope tritium.

• Units to measure radioactivity - Becquerels, curies and picocuries.

About Tritium –

• A form of hydrogen that occurs naturally in Earth’s atmosphere. (far less dangerous than cesium-137 or strontium-90).

• Emits a weak beta particle that can be stopped by a sheet of plastic or human skin.

• Even if tritium gets into the body, the risks are low.

• Does not accumulate (Unlike mercury in tuna fish).

2. Yevgeny Prigozhin

Why in news – Head of the Wagner Group Yevgeny Prigozhin died in a plane crash.

Key Points –

• Wagner Group was responsible for supplying mercenaries to conflicts in regions like Ukraine and Niger.

• His men had relocated to Africa after a coup attempt in Moscow in June 2023.


1. 15th BRICS Summit 2023

Why in news – It was held in Johannesburg, South Africa (August 22 to August 24, 2023).

Key Points –

• Chairman - Cyril Ramaphosa. (South African President)

• Theme -BRICS and Africa: Partnership for mutually accelerated growth, sustainable development and inclusive multilateralism.

• Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t attend in person because of ICC arrest warrant.

• Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent on his behalf.

• BRICS nations -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Value Addition –

• The term BRIC was first introduced in Building Better Global Economic BRICs publication (2001) by Jim O'Neill.

• The BRIC leaders held their first meeting in July 2006 at St. Petersburg, Russia.

• The first BRIC summit took place in Yekaterinburg, Russia on June 16, 2009.

• South Africa was accepted as a full member Foreign Ministers held a meeting (New York) in 2010.

2. BRICS New Members

Why in news - BRICS invited 6 more countries to join the alliance on August 24, 2023.

Key Points –

• Invited countries - Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

• It can strengthen the group’s claim of being a ‘voice of the Global South.’

• Their membership will begin in January.

• Now it will represent almost half the world’s population and include 3 of the world’s biggest oil producers (S.Arabia, the UAE and Iran).

• BRICS decisions are unanimous i.e., all members must agree for any move to go ahead.


1. 69th National Film Awards 2023

Why in news – The 69th National Film Awards were announced on August 24, 2023 in New Delhi.

Key Points –

• It honoured the best of Indian cinema from the year 2021.

• Established in 1954, the National Film Awards are overseen by the Directorate of Film Festivals.

• It is given by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

• Winners list –


1. Women's Equality Day 2023

Why in news – It is celebrated on August 26.

Key Points –

• Theme - #EmbraceEquity.

• It honours the adoption of the 19th Amendment (1920) in the US Constitution that supports the rights of women.


1. Book "Drunk on Love”

Why in news – The book "Drunk on Love: The Life, Vision and Songs of Kabir" is written by Vipul Rikhi.

Key Points –

• Published by - HarperCollins India.

• It aims to capture the life of mystic poet Kabir through popular legends, his vision and his poetry.


1. FIDE World Cup

Why in news - GM Magnus Carlsen won the World Cup crown by defeating GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa.

Key Points –

• Magnus Carlsen is a 5-time world champion and it is his first World Cup crown.

• Top 3 - Magnus Carlsen (1st, Norway), Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (2nd, India) and Fabiano Caruana (3rd, USA).

• Pragg is the youngest (18 years) World Cup finalist ever.

• Tie-breaker - Two players play two games in rapid succession, each with a time limit of 10 minutes and a 10-second increment for each move.


1. Buniyadi Sanjivani Sewa

Why in news – It is efficiently working under Social Welfare department.

Key Points –

• Aim – to provide basic medical assistance to elderly people, widows and others (e.g., disabled) through mobile therapy vans.

• It was launched on August 10, 2017.

• It is a joint project of the World Bank and the Bihar government.

2. Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF)

Why in news – The first-ever travel and tourism fair (TTF) at Patna to be held on October 7 and 8 at Gyan Bhawan.

Key Points –

• TTF is India's largest and oldest travel show.

• Bihar aims to promote spiritual, eco and wellness and Buddhist travel in the state.

• Bihar has a footfall of over 25 lakh domestic tourists and over 86,000 international tourists.

3. Expressway in Bihar

Why in news – Tejashwi Yadav meets Nitin Gadkari, demands expressway for Bihar.

Key Points –

• NHAI would carry out a feasibility test for building the first expressway in Bihar, from Buxar to Bhagalpur.

• It would be connected to 343-km-long Purvanchal Expressway, originating from Chand Sarai in Lucknow to Haidaria in Ghazipur in UP.

• He urged Nitin Gadkari to start the land acquisition work for the construction of Gorakhpur-Siliguri Expressway and Raxaul-Dighwara-Haldia Expressway.

• Currently, there is no expressway in Bihar.

• Tejashwi Yadav also holds the road construction department portfolio.


• What rank has India secured in the 16th IOAA (International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics) - 2nd rank.

• Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is constructing the new highest motorable road in the world named Likaru-Mig La-Fukche in which state/UTs – Ladakh.

• Who has become the player with the most trophies in the history of football - Lionel Messi (44 trophies).

• Which award has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award - Banasthali Vidyapeeth.

• India is set to achieve $150 billion Bio-Economy by which year – 2025.

• Who has graced the celebration of 'ASMITA-Inspirational Stories by Army Wives', organised by the Army Wives Association (AWWA) - President Droupadi Murmu.

• The Indian government will launch the 'Mera Bill Mera Adhikar' invoice incentive scheme from September 1, 2023 in how many states/UTs - 6 (Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Puducherry, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli).

• Which country has approved first respiratory syncytial virus vaccine for use in women during pregnancy to protect baby - USA.

• Which body has issued recommendations on license fee for DTH services and policy matters - Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

• Recently, Jitendra Singh launched the CSIR Prima ET11, first indigenous e-tractor. It was developed by whom - Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur.


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